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Fun Friday: Prayers Answered for Smokin’ Hot Wife & Circumcision Ban Banned

posted by Nicole Neroulias

As I expected — though perhaps not this quickly — San Francisco’s proposed ballot measure banning circumcision has been, ahem, nipped in the bud. On a serious note, the debate over the pros and cons of circumcision, both medically and religiously, […]

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Muslims Brace For A Long, Hot & Hungry Ramadan 2011

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Ramadan is a physically and spiritually demanding month for Muslims — think Lent & Yom Kippur having a baby, on steroids — but when the Islamic calendar places it during secular summertime, it’s especially tough, because the daylight fasting requirement […]

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Budget Crisis & Debt Ceiling Crossroads: Time to Pray?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

America’s fiscal crisis and debt ceiling debate has prompted a lot of soul-searching, both literally and figuratively. (An interfaith gathering even attempted to pray away the problem… let’s see if it works better than praying away the gay!) As with the […]

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Poll: In Godly Presidents We Trust?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

A new poll finds that most Americans want presidential candidates to have strong religious beliefs — even if those beliefs are different from their own. As Gary Scott Smith, a history professor at Grove City College and author of “Faith and the Presidency: […]

Norway Massacre: Prayers for Victims, Relief for Muslims

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Not only was Anders Behring Breivik, Norway’s accused mass murderer, not an Islamic terrorist, but he’s an Islamophobic hardline Christian. (Cue immense sigh of relief from Scandinavia’s Muslim community, among others.) A Christian terrorist, if you will. The facts are still coming […]

Blind Faith & Child Sexual Abuse: Is Any Group Getting This Right?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

The Catholic Church isn’t the only denomination that has struggled with the concept of reporting accusations of child sexual abuse to the police, rather than trying to handle as much as possible internally in deference to ancient religious laws and the […]

Fun Friday: Rick Perry’s Ideal Running Mate, Lesbian Jewish Irony Alert, Wronged Hindu Vegetarians & Priest Protests Too Much

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Stephen Colbert had some fun words for Texas Gov. Rick Perry — is it just the twangy God talk, or is he physically morphing into his predecessor George W. Bush, too? — on his Comedy Central show a few days […]

Philadelphia, City of Brotherly Love & Hateful Abuse, Gets New Archbishop

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Updated at 1 p.m. EST to add NCR interview with Archbishop Chaput. It’s been a tough year for the Catholic Church in Philadelphia, where the pesky clergy abuse revelations just won’t go away. But now Cardinal Justin Rigali — due to […]

LGBT Faith News: Pray Away the Gay… Or Teach About It?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

You know it’s an election cycle when there’s even more gay-related religion news than usual, beyond the usual headlines about marriage, parenting, ordination, DADT in the military, etc. On that topic, two stories in particular are rocking Christian America’s “is […]

Fun Friday: Atheist Makes A ‘Flying Spaghetti Monster’ Point

posted by Nicole Neroulias

It’s a Fun Friday to whet Bill Maher’s appetite: Austrian Pastafarian Wins Right to Wear Pasta Strainer on His Noodle (Episcopal Cafe) (Check out the BBC’s story for images of Niko Alm, an atheist, wearing the strainer in his new […]

Gay vs. Christian Activists in Corporate Clashes; Dalai Lama vs. GOP in Church-State Separation Debate

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Deadline and space limitations — even cyberspace has limits! — left some interesting notes on my cutting-room floor this week, so here’s my version of DVD extras for two stories that ran yesterday: 1. Corporate Culture Wars (Religion News Service) A feature […]

Church-State Separation? Not for Presidential Candidates

posted by Nicole Neroulias

I’ve been preoccupied with the Cyprus disaster — that’s where my family is from, where I was traveling last month — and some stories I’m working on, so please excuse the blogging delays. There’s been plenty of headlines lately concerning the […]

Jaycee Dugard & Elizabeth Smart Kidnappings: Satan Among Us… And God?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Did you watch Diane Sawyer’s interview with abduction survivor Jaycee Dugard last night? There are a lot of parallels to the Elizabeth Smart kidnapping, though Smart was rescued after nine months, while Dugard was held captive for 18 years, giving […]

Fun Friday: Pope Takes a Holiday, Israelis Disagree on Days Off

posted by Nicole Neroulias

In the spirit of summertime and my own recent hiatus, I’ve enjoyed the “Pope takes a vacation” stories on this appropriately slow news week. (Perhaps he’s already burned out from tweeting?) Pope Benedict Begins His Busy Vacation (Catholic News Agency) […]

Forgiveness for Casey Anthony: Judge Not Lest Ye Be Judged?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

One of my favorite religious sayings is “Judge not, lest ye be judged,” though I usually mean it in a light-hearted way. Still, it comes to mind now, as we see the frenzy of outrage over “Tot Mom” Casey Anthony’s not […]

Faith News Roundup for July 4: America Is/Was/Not a Christian Nation?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Sorry for the delay, folks — technical difficulties! The Huffington Post’s Religion section published a range of July 4-themed columns, reflecting the range of beliefs practiced in the United States these days: ‘God of Liberty': The Role of Religion in […]

Back to the USA & Catching Up on Faith News: Your Picks?

posted by Nicole Neroulias

Happy birthday, America! It’s nice to be back in time for the Independence Day fireworks, though my dog is not so thrilled. Check back tomorrow for a roundup of July 4-related faith news links. In the meantime, how’s this for […]

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Alaska Airlines: High Payers No Longer Offered Sky Prayers
Alaska Airlines, now the country's seventh-largest airline, has announced it will stop offering prayer cards with its in-flight meals. (It's just raining religion news in the great unchurched Pacific Northwest lately.) I've flown Alaska ...

posted 11:07:56am Jan. 26, 2012 | read full post »

Washington's Gay Marriage Debate: Clergy vs. Clergy
I reported for Reuters at the Washington state Capitol yesterday, covering the public hearings on a gay marriage bill -- and in between, the breaking news that the state Senate now has enough votes to pass the bill. (The House already had ...

posted 11:24:39am Jan. 24, 2012 | read full post »

What Israel's Domestic Policy & Santorum Supporters Have in Common
Hope everyone had an introspective Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, whether observed as a faith-related holiday, a nice break from the work week or something else entirely. Check out this story from Religion & Ethics Newsweekly about how ...

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